Manson Follower Tried Smuggling Cellphone to Him, Police Say
A follower of Charles Manson is due in court next month in Central California after allegedly trying to smuggle a cellphone to the cult leader.
The alleged incident occurred Sunday at Corcoran State Prison, where Manson is being held.
Craig Carlisle Hammond, 63, faces charges of possession of an illegal communication device, attempting to bring a cellphone into a prison and conspiracy, said Terry Thornton, a California Department of Corrections and Rehabiltation spokeswoman.
Hammond, a retiree, was searched and subsequently arrested at 3:35 p.m. and taken to a King County Jail, where he was released four hours later on $30,000 bail. He is due in court next month.
Thornton said the device was a wristwatch cellphone and was discovered by guards after Hammond entered an area where possession of such devices is prohibited.